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AT&T and Time Warner: not a trend to follow

Published 25 Oct 2016 16:41 CET | Latin America, United States, World

AT&T's proposed takeover of Time Warner raises two big questions: will the deal obtain regulatory approval and why do they want to merge? While regulators are likely to clear ...

What happens to cable's WiFi-first strategy after mobile mergers?

Published 26 Sep 2016 14:26 CET | World

Cable and mobile operators are leading the consolidation wave in Europe, driven by companies such as Liberty Global and Vodafone. After Germany, Spain and Belgium, the ...

Tele2, fibre operators likely bidders for Vodafone NL fixed business

Published 03 Aug 2016 17:31 CET | Netherlands

The European Commission has given the green light to the planned merger of Ziggo and Vodafone Netherlands. The two companies will be merged in a 50-50 joint venture, with a ...

Tele2 Netherlands: time to buy or be bought

Published 14 Jul 2016 16:36 CET | Europe, Netherlands

Consolidation has reduced the Dutch market to six national players of significant size: KPN, Ziggo, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Tele2 and M7. With the planned merger of Ziggo and ...

T-Mobile NL management overhaul suggests DT may be ready to sell

Published 23 Jun 2016 14:31 CET | Netherlands

Deutsche Telekom has announced major changes in the management at its subsidiary T-Mobile Netherlands. The current CEO is leaving, and it's still searching for a successor. ...

Will the Dutch telecom market end up like Belgium?

Published 20 Jun 2016 16:22 CET | Netherlands, Western Europe

The telecom markets of Western Europe show significant underlying differences. With Ziggo and Vodafone Netherlands planning to merge, what will happen in the Netherlands? We ...

French consumer big winner after Orange-Bouygues talks fail

Published 04 Apr 2016 14:31 CET | France

Orange and Bouygues announced that they were not able to agree on a merger deal. The news sent the share prices of all four French operators lower on Euronext, as they face ...

KPN simplifies further and becomes an attractive takeover target

Published 09 Mar 2016 12:55 CET | Netherlands

KPN has unveiled its new strategy for the coming years, under the name 'Simplify, Grow, Innovate'. Its financial bottom line is expected to improve thanks to savings on opex ...

Vodafone NL and Ziggo merger aimed at cost savings, dividends

Published 19 Feb 2016 16:14 CET | Netherlands

Vodafone Netherlands and Ziggo are doing their best to emphasize that nothing will change on the Dutch market after their planned merger. KPN gave a brave face and said it ...

Vodafone and Ziggo merger may lead to wholesale cable access

Published 02 Feb 2016 18:40 CET | Netherlands

Vodafone and Liberty Global are in talks about forming a joint venture in the Netherlands. This would include their respective activities in the Netherlands - Vodafone's ...

Tele2 NL: one-sided investment in 4G destroying value elsewhere

Published 28 Jan 2016 13:19 CET | Netherlands

Tele2 Netherlands reported a mixed set of results for the fourth quarter. The customer growth figures were clearly disappoinintg, while revenues developed positively. The new ...

What Vodafone can do to secure regulatory approval for buying Liberty Global

Published 06 Jan 2016 13:06 CET | Europe

Vodafone's share price has risen in the new year amid renewed rumours it has restarted talks on a merger with cable group Liberty Global. While the company officially broke ...

T-Mobile NL: becoming a smart attacker or just window dressing?

Published 16 Dec 2015 12:34 CET | Netherlands

T-Mobile Netherlands is working to break out of its status as mobile-only operator. Or 'smart attacker', as its parent company Deutsche Telekom calls it. First it announced ...

Tele2 to launch 4G and quad-play in December, as expected

Published 22 Oct 2015 12:56 CET | Netherlands

Tele2 Netherlands reported zero net additions at its mobile business in the third quarter, while also announcing the need to invest more in its LTE network. The company ...

Ziggo, T-Mobile merger moves closer to reality

Published 21 Oct 2015 16:37 CET | Netherlands

Deutsche Telekom has put T-Mobile Netherlands up for sale, Bloomberg reports. The mobile operator could raise around EUR 5 billion. A sale is not unexpected, and Liberty ...

Vodafone and Liberty Global: consolidation to continue regardless

Published 24 Sep 2015 10:54 CET | Europe

Vodafone and Liberty Global have been in talks for several months about a possible partial or full merger of their activities. They confirmed the talks in June, but recent ...

Ziggo takes new step in turnaround

Published 27 Aug 2015 16:22 CET | Netherlands

Ziggo is reportedly planning to launch its own free sports channel, Ziggo Sport. It's thought to be working with the channel Sport1, which will contribute rights (Champions ...

Ziggo plans turnaround with lower prices, Docsis 3.1 and 4G

Published 07 Aug 2015 11:46 CET | Netherlands

Ziggo had a weak second quarter, with a sharp drop in customers and falling sales and operating profit. The company is putting all hands to the wheel in an attempt to return ...

Apple Music no slam dunk

Published 01 Jul 2015 11:51 CET | World

Apple launched its long-awaited service Apple Music on 30 June. The big question is whether the service will catch on. Can Apple Music surpass the competition? Will all ...

Ad market offers operators opportunity for counter-attack

Published 26 Jun 2015 11:58 CET | World

The telecom sector is under pressure; revenues are falling due to the weak economy, regulation and competition. Traditional services are becoming commodities, especially ...

Supporting network investment: structural separation not broadband deregulation

Published 22 Jun 2015 14:06 CET | Europe

Nearly all the European incumbent operators have called on the EU to relax regulation of the sector. "We need a level playing field. (...) WhatsApp is doing communications, ...

What's next for Belgium: a return of the Orange brand or structural separation?

Published 10 Jun 2015 23:03 CET | Belgium

Mobistar is under pressure in the Belgian market. On the mobile markt, it will be the number three behind Proximus and Telenet, once the latter absorbs Base. And access to ...

KPN pays bonuses as share price increases 50% in 6 months

Published 31 Mar 2015 14:14 CET | Netherlands

Unions have called for KPN CEO Eelco Blok to give up his bonus, saying it's not appropriate given the thousands of jobs lost at the Dutch operator. They also called for a ...

Deutsche Telekom eyes KPN in quest for pan-European operator

Published 19 Jan 2015 14:43 CET | Netherlands

Deutsche Telekom has shown interest in bidding for KPN, according to Reuters. Last autumn, the German operator considered making an offer for its Dutch counterpart. However, ...

Overview 2014, Outlook 2015

Published 31 Dec 2014 12:32 CET | Netherlands

What happened in 2014 and what can we expect in 2015? Telecompaper offers below an overview of the most important developments in the past year and our expectations for the ...